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Open Thread - 10/22/2013

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 2:05 am
Confused repubs!?!!!!...NAH!!!...just Koch brother bought and paid for!!!
..just my opinion.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 2:19 am
Puzzle 3:18 I hope I hitched my horse to the right hitching post! When I was in grade 5 through grade 11, the street that I lived on had many of the old metal hitching posts along it. Some were more ornate than others. I was lucky enough to live in a time when milk and bread wagons were pulled door to door by horse, although the hitching posts were never used by those horses because they knew the route so well and stopped at the designated place without prompting. Our milkman, Jim, called me "pickle puss" and always let me feed his hose some carrots. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

Alternet My, my aren`t these some dandies! I hope there are enough rubber rooms for these morons! Number 6 is an especially beautiful story about the Republicanus/Teabagger perfection of projection! But all are absolutely ridiculous.

Daily Kos I love the graphic a goposaurus breaking up and it reminds me of some of the lines of the song "Breaking Up is Hard to Do"

"Cause if you go
Then I'll be blue (as in Democrat)
Cause breakin' up is hard to do
They say that breaking up is hard to do"

I read in a Care2 post that 2013 is the year for some state and a lot of local elections. It would seem then, that this is the year to start de-Republicanus/Teabaggerising the local level of government so that all the Republicanus/Teabagger bull shit can be removed from government and people can finally elect governments that truly represent them Democrats, Justice, and Greens.

The Nation It is all in how you frame the question, and in how the responses are analysed. Of course the Republicanus/Teabaggers are not willing to look at such notions because it does not serve their purpose the repeal of the ACA. As someone who has universal healthcare, I believe that once people have had a good taste of Obamacare, they will not want to go back. It really is a shame that a country that claims to be the greatest country in the world, does not look after it`s own people with universal healthcare.

Cartoon 22 October 1844 "The Great Disappointment"

Well I`m just as glad that the Republicanus/Teabagger supply-side Jesus didn`t show up! Not a nice dude!

Jews await the coming of the Messiah still. For Christians, Jesus was the Messiah. Following the crucifixion, people eagerly awaited the return to earth of Jesus. And of couse there are all sorts of prophecies around that. Personally, I choose to believe that the return of Jesus is not a physically return to earth, but rather is manifested in the hearts of those who diligently follow Jesus` teachings of love and compassion.

Personal 22/10/1891 was the day my grandfather was born. I was reminded of this when I was told that my 91 year old cousin Jack passed away yesterday. He, like I, was very fond of my grandfather and his uncle, Wilf, a role model for both of us. It is a blessing that Jack passed away peacefully as he had a 100% blocked vein and bone cancer. But until the end, Jack`s mind was keen. Jack lived back in Ontario and my brother and SIL were close to him. I remember him well from my years living in Ontario but distance prevented a close relationship in latter years. He knew I am caring for my mother and was happy I am.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 5:33 am

P A (117)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 7:25 am
What goes on in Republican brains? How do they work? (When they work, that is to say!) What on earth was Mulvaney 'thinking'? I really think that the psychiatric profession could make a fortune trying to mend the GOP they are nutcases! I hope his electorate are fully apprised of his insane rantings and deselect him at the very first opportunity.

JL A (281)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 7:30 am
The adage garbage in=garbage out also applies to brains that do not adequately process the information going in.

P A (117)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 8:43 am
Nice one JL A!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 12:14 pm
Thank you, TC. Wondering what pile of manure these Republicans/Teabaggers arose from----------surely not from the womb.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 12:18 pm
Daily Kos: Good report, my feelings exactly, and I hope it does continue. Enjoy your day volunteering, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 12:37 pm
I just last night read a cartoon, yes, read, that is how this one operates. I don't particularly care for his/her cartooning but the bit was SO on target I couldn't resist it. It begins with a quote.

"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of skeptics to disprove received Dogmas rather than of Dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake." Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970) - British Philosopher, Mathemitician and Social Critic The cartoon then goes on to show several comments, Because Holy Scripture say so. It is what everyone believes. Why should I believe anything else? It is what I was told by my parents and teachers to believe. Because voices told me that it is true.

Which made me think. I watched Contact over the weekend, Carl Sagan's only piece of fiction. Carl was an amazing man, he made physics understandble for me, well, he and Stephen Hawking. Carl's books Cosmos and This Demon Haunted World along with Stephen's A Brief Moment in Time are masterpieces. So I decided to reread Contact, as the book is much different than the movie, much richer in detail, a marvelous read. Carl takes head on these statement as did Bertrand Russell. I am wondering again WHY we allow ANYONE, any party, to tell us what our values are or should be based on 2000 plus year old texts written by men with a hidden agenda. I don't give a fig what Pat Robertson thinks God told him. If you cannot prove it, it is not so. To me that means, until this invisible divine being comes down here and tells me what She wants from me, I am not will to take the word of any religionist, of any religion, or any politician as to what that might be. If you cannot produce this being you claim says a certain thing, you have nothing but an opinion. And mine is worth as much as yours. I will not live my life in fear nor allow anyone to tell me how to live my life because some sock puppet told him so. In this time, in this age, when we can prove so much of what we see around us by objective truth, by observation, by testing theories and proving them true or false, I see no reason to allow our politics our social customs to be dictated by some imaginary friend of a few republicans or theologians who want me to pay them to tell me what to do so they don't have to do anything but tell me what to do. Not happening, Father, Friar, Reverend, Imam or Mr. Congressperson. Come back when you have proof, until then stick to facts you can prove or sit down and shut up while the grown ups work.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 12:57 pm
Virus alert! There's a very contagious virus going around which started in the Southern States of the US and is moving upwards rapidly. It seems to strike mainly in white, religious males over 40, but has known to become exceptionally virulent in white zealot women too. The victims brain is eaten away by the virus, leaving a gibbering idiot with a reptile brain only, with ranting and raving as primary symptoms. Unfortunately this terrible disease is unkind as doesn't kill, but leaves the shell of the former human being to walk the earth for a long time, infecting many in the remainder of its life. It can only be hoped for these unfortunate victims that they have enrolled for ACA in time so they're given treatment irrespective of their heinous ranting and raving against it.

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 12:59 pm
Well...better go paint my wagon, cause
I'm no good at hitchin' horses.....

Robert O (12)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 1:32 pm
Thanks Tom. These GOP/tea-party monsters never cease to astound me with their foolishness.

Gary L (138)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 2:14 pm
lets face it republatards don't need facts they have very rich people telling them what to do !! along with the voices in their collective head errrrr that would be the kochs

David C (129)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 2:53 pm
thanks, Tom.....

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 3:17 pm

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 11:19 pm
Ty, TomCat.... No new Teabaggers are not playing with a full deck. .....The ACA is the best thing to happen in a long time. I've been hoping National health care would get passed since Pres. Clinton. and...Yes...There are many who think it doesn't go far enough. We need single payer....but have to start somewhere !

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 2:06 am
Thanks!! Pooped!!

Karen Chestney (112)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 3:44 am
Of course Teabaggers aren't too bright ! Kochs bought sheeple so they could be easily manipulated ! After all one wouldn't want a free thinking "puppet" !

Gary L (138)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 7:49 am
the only hater here john is you the republinazi's earned the scorn they receive here just like a phoney like you who pretends to care about people earns my scorn

Robert B (60)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 8:28 am
What nobody seems to talk about it the fact that there was no way Obama could have gotten Universal Health Care passed during his Presidency/. The next best thing is the ACA and hopefully, in the not so distant future, we can transition to Universal. When it comes to change people get stubborn and it takes baby steps to show the way.

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 11:50 pm
Thanks to all except the ideologue who projects his own hatred onto others.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 12:01 pm
Noted. TY TomCat
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